We live in a world today where everything is politicized. Everything. Perhaps it’s time to drop our guard and recognize that we must live in the nuance of the gray. We are also called to embody grace, listening, respect and dignity for all people, even those with whom we greatly disagree.
I share more in the video below. Continue reading
I want to put a new work on your radar, from Resource Publications, an imprint of Wipf & Stock. It’s entitled Broken, Searching, Trusted, Powerful. I was able to review the book not too long ago and offer an endorsement. The book just released a few weeks back.
Here is a brief synopsis of the book:
At first glance, it may seem as though the Bible is populated with the stories of faithful men, courageous men, or nefarious men, men who were either enemies or friends of God. Mostly stories of men.
Added to the difficulty of seeing women in the pages of Scripture is the effort it takes to “hear” their voices and understand their stories. The Bible itself was written largely from the male perspective, concentrating on male heroes and villains. (Only the books of Ruth and Esther focus on a woman, and neither one is written from an explicitly female lens.) Women most often become supporting characters. Without thinking about it, we’ve accepted this point of view, and this unspoken role for women across time.
But a second glance reveals the stories of often-unnamed women as living faithfully and courageously for God (as well as some living powerfully and villainously against God). Regardless of whose point of view is reflected in Scripture’s stories, women as much as men have contributed to the great narrative of God and humanity.
May their grit and tenacity, their dignity and tragedy embolden you and me to live out our faith to the full. Continue reading
Today I had my friend Ben Rous on the podcast. He’s pastor of Liberty Christian Church in Lansing, Michigan.
Anxiety is on our radar a lot these days. It is a very real and rising reality of our time. But for the Christian, just as with the emotions of fear and anger, the eyes of disdain can easily look down upon anxiety. We aren’t supposed to experience this stuff. It means something is wrong with us. Continue reading
Our church is currently doing a vlog series entitled “Five Minutes in 1 Peter.” I’ve done the past two, which take a look at 1 Peter 2:18-25.
Now, this passage addresses a very difficult issue, especially in light of today’s race reckoning in America. Peter speaks about how slaves are to act toward their masters, without ever stating, “End slavery now!” He then goes on to offer how they may faithfully suffer in the midst of harsh treatment.
All I can say is: Yikes!